Graduate Scholars Award Program

Scholarship Details

The WISE/McCormack Graduate Scholars Award Program will grant two tuition-free scholarships annually: one for the McCormack Department of Sport Management’s two-year MBA/MS dual-degree program and another for the department’s one-year MS program.

Scholars Award Program Includes

  • Admission into the McCormack graduate sport management program within the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst

  • A graduate assistantship that covers tuition and fees associated with the program. The assistantship requires 10 hours of work in an assigned position, such as teaching assistant or administrative assistant, per week for each semester of the program. The MBA/MS program is four semesters; the MS program is two semesters. The assistantship also includes a stipend of approximately $11,500 per year (subject to annual increases).

Excluded Fees

The following fees are not included in the Scholars Award Program and must be borne by recipients directly: one-time graduate entry fee ($357); annual service fee ($635); annual graduate senate tax ($69); annual mandatory student health fee ($635); travel and lodging costs to attend mandatory on-campus interview during application process; housing costs; and the cost of the required summer internship credits, which must be secured through UMass Continuing and Professional Education. All fees represent approximate amounts and are subject to change.

Note: MBA/MS dual-degree students must earn six summer internship credits between Year 1 and Year 2, the cost of which is approximately $1,400 total; MS degree students must earn three summer internship credits following completion of their regular coursework in May, the cost of which is approximately $725 total. 

Recipients may, but are not obligated to, use their graduate assistantship stipend to cover the cost of any or all of the excluded fees.

Scholars Award Eligibility

To apply for the Scholars Award Program, you must be a professional-level WISE member in good standing at the time of application and, if accepted, through the duration of the graduate degree program. Student members are not eligible. 

Applicant Criteria

The graduate sport management programs within the Isenberg School of Management and McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst are highly ranked, and admission is highly competitive. Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.3
  • Minimum of one year of professional work experience gained after completion of undergraduate studies (work does not need to be within the sports industry) 

The GMAT/GRE test score requirement is waived for WISE applicants.

Application and Selection Process

Step One: Pre-Application 

Inform UMass of your interest in applying for the WISE/McCormack Graduate Scholars Award Program by clicking the Award Program Pre-Application button below and completing the form.

Step Two: Apply Online

Upon receipt of the Award Program Pre-Application form, the McCormack Department of Sport Management will send you a link to the general UMass Graduate Application website through which you must register to apply online and submit your application for either the MS in Sport Management program or the MBA/MS in Sport Management program; the $75 application fee will be waived. From here, candidates will follow the regular admissions process, which is handled directly between McCormack and the applicant. Deadline is Dec. 30, 2020.

To be considered for admission into either the MS or MBA/MS graduate programs and to be eligible Scholars Award Program and the application-fee waiver described above, both the Scholars Award Program Pre-Application form and any materials or requirements related to the regular UMass Amherst Graduate School admissions process must be submitted or met by Dec. 30, 2020.

Step Three: On-Campus Interview

Top candidates will be invited to a two-day on-campus interview session with McCormack faculty, held in late January, to determine admission into the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst (see the Excluded Fees section above). WISE plays no role in determining a candidate’s admission into the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. The two WISE/McCormack Graduate Scholars Award Program recipients will be selected from the pool of candidates that have been accepted to the respective graduate programs. Award Program recipients will be announced in early April. (Note: This is subject to change based on COVID-19 situation.)

Note: The Award Program Pre-Application form does not constitute an application for admission into the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, nor does submitting the form make one eligible for admission into the Isenberg School of Management. By submitting the Award Program Pre-Application form you are giving WISE permission to share with UMass Amherst all of the information you have provided therein. 

Applications for the 2021 semester are now closed.